Sunday, December 22, 2013

Hilda Rae Hale Anderson Thomas

Angel Mother
Hilda Rae Hale Thomas- loving wife, angel mother and beloved grandmother and great grandmother-returned to the arms of her Heavenly Father and Mother December 19, 2013 after an extended illness.
Hilda was born in Oakley, Idaho, on August 30, 1928 to loving parents, Wallace A. and Annie Penola Dayley Hale. She was the 9th of ten children. She attended Brigham Young University for two years then transferred to Utah State University where she received her degree in Home Economics. While teaching in Huntington, Utah, she met Gail Q. Anderson. They were married on August 24, 1951 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had three children, whom she adored, served and sacrificed for until her last breath; Kathryn Rae, David Gail and Anna Colleen. They were later divorced. She was a phenomenal Home Economics teacher for 27 years at Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah. Besides teaching foods and sewing she received advanced training in and taught Child Development, Interior Design and Vocational Foods. She served as the advisor for the FHA club for many years. She loved teaching and her students.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was faithful her entire life. She not only taught her children the Gospel but was an exemplar in service. She served in many positions in the church and served two missions after her retirement- one to the Denver Temple Mission and the other to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. While serving the second mission she met the 'Love of Her Life', Harold B. Thomas. They were married on November 7, 1993, in the Jordan River Temple. Through this marriage she was able to inherit seven more children whom she loved dearly. Harold promised her 20 years and kept that promise as they celebrated their 20th anniversary this year. Hilda loved to dance, and Harold took her dancing every chance he could. They served as temple workers together in the Jordan River LDS Temple. They loved spending time with their children's families. Harold loved and was beloved of her children and grandchildren. Her greatest joy in life was family. Kathryn says BYU sports was a close second; Dave says U of U sports was a close second and Colleen is fine with either.
Hilda is survived by her sweetheart husband, Harold, and 'their' children: Kathryn Anderson Minster (Reid), David Anderson (Sharon), Colleen Anderson Bean (Tim), Dlorah Thomas Henson(Dean), Dennis Thomas (Peggy), Kaye Thomas Clayton (Dave), Dale Thomas (Shauna), Boyd Thomas, (Danna), Lynn Thomas (Cassie) and Rosemary Thomas Bridges (Dwight). She is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 26+ great-grandchildren as well as Harold's extended family; Siblings - Whitney D. Hale, Murray, UT; Anna Lou Bair, Heyburn, ID; Claire Spence, West Virginia; and Fielding Hale, Oakley, ID. Preceded in death by her parents, great- grandson, Logan Grant; Siblings Relia Paskett, Ronald Hale, Eliphet Hale , Verla Martindale, and Yvonne Reed.
Goodbye, Angel Mother. Our lifelong refrain has been and will ever be, "All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my Angel Mother." -Abraham Lincoln.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the LDS Chapel, 8059 W 2700 S, Magna, UT. Viewings will be held on Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 S Redwood Road, Taylorsville, and at the chapel on Saturday from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Interment , Valley View Memorial Park, 4335 W 4100 S, West Valley City.

Published in Deseret News from Dec. 22 to Dec. 26, 2013


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